Old South Golf Links

4.2342294118 4.2 stars from 5 (988)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6772 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 50 Buckingham Plantation Dr, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910, Beaufort County
  • (800) 275-8997, (843) 785-5353
  • (843) 837-7375
  • www.oldsouthgolf.com
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Year built: 1991
Type: Public
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire. No cutoffs, gym or jogging shorts, bathing suits, tank tops, halter or tube tops, tee shirts and blue jeans or any other denim.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6772 yards 72.7 138
Blue 72 6354 yards 70.4 132
White 72 5779 yards 68.6 116
Red (W) 71 4776 yards 68.2 117

The 18-hole Old South Golf Links in Bluffton, S.C. is a public course that opened in 1991. Designed by Clyde Johnston, Old South Golf Links measures 6,772 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 72.4 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.

Johnston designed Old South Golf Links in keeping with the beautiful Lowcountry's natural landscape. "Old South Golf Links was designed not only to provide an enjoyable yet challenging golf game, but also to preserve the natural beauty of the land," he said. "I felt that this was an opportunity to allow the golfer to experience up close the uniqueness of the site, its natural amenities and spectacular views."

The variety of the setting from oak forest to open pasture to tidal salt marsh, provided an opportunity to vary the design elements and strategy of play.

Old South Golf Links is open to the public seven days a week. There is a clubhouse, restaurant and full-line pro shop on site.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 988 Reviews
5 stars:
428
4 stars:
452
3 stars:
79
2 stars:
19
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

931 out of 984 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole scenic views  

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"Not worth it."


dd8755's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If we knew we were going to be charged full rates for burned out greens, we would have played a different course. Fairways were fine. Greens sucked. If they charged half rates, it might have been worth it.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/20/2019

We regret you were disappointed. There is a notice at the counter informing guests that their is work being done on the greens. This is a necessity in the summer (especially June & August) to keep the greens in good condition the rest of the year.


"Great layout, greens hurting"


dpdeery's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course but it really won’t be peaking until Mid Sept. The greens are semi-shot and need precious time to grow back in, rolled flat and cut tight. I’ll check it out again in the Fall of 2019.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/19/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us dpdeery. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Old South Golf Links thanks you!


Commented on 06/18/2019

Thanks for the 4-stars. Our maintenance crew is doing everything possible to get our greens back to great but some of it depends on Mother Nature who won't be rushed. Please play again to see the improvement.


"Great Course"


None's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course is an absolute beautiful layout. Especially the 16th par 4. You tee off to an island fairway then hit to an island green. The course istelf was not in the best of conditions but that was do more to the weather we have had lately than course management. It was very soggy from all the rain this past week and there is some dead grass/bare pacthes from the 100 degree heat the week before. The staff was very friendly and they have a nice little clubhouse with a good sized pro shop. There is also a restaurant but I did not try them.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/21/2019

Thank you for the great review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed the layout at Old South Golf Links. Please come back and see us again soon.


Commented on 06/18/2019

We appreciate your 5-star review and hope to see you back soon. Be sure to try our restaurant either for breakfast or lunch - both are great!



u668012641's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

Thank you for the 5-Star review!


"Nice property"


Annschwemler's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has deteriorated over the past 13 months since we last played. Not sure if weather or disease has hit the greens. Some tee boxes in poor shape as well.

Still enjoyed our outing and quick pace of play. Got the weekend kicked off!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

Thank you for your honest 4-Star review, we appreciate the feedback and your patience as the course is transitioning into the Summer months. Thanks for coming out and we hope that you will give us another try in the near future.


"Great Course in Bad Shape"


golfameagle's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played this course hundreds of times. We like the course layout and the staff is always great. That being said, the course is in the worst shape we have seen in 15+ years. The greens are muni course bad and so are many of the tee boxes. The staff will blame the lack of rain - which is true - but there are many other courses in the area that we play whose greens are in far, far better shape and who have managed without the rainfall. Disappointed, as this course usually has been one of the better courses conditions-wise throughout the year. Now among the very worst.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback regarding the course conditions so they can work to make the appropriate change. Thanks for visiting Old South Golf Links. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.


Commented on 06/03/2019

We are sorry you were disappointed. Our greens are transitioning from winter to summer grass at a much slower pace than normal partly due to the wet winter and partly due to the extreme heat in May. Other factors also come into play and are being addressed. The greens may not look very green but they due roll true and procedures are being done to improve the appearance. We are certain you will see a noticeable improvement over the next few weeks.



glowinfrog's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. Thank you for coming out and we hope you'll give us another try so that we can increase your overall star rating.


"Worst course played"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Started back nine came around turn then got yelled at for playing too fast. Course conditions are awful. Many complaints


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We appreciate your honest feedback and we hope you'll give us another try in the near future


Commented on 06/03/2019

We do double tees in the summer to accommodate all golfers that want to play during the coolest time of day. Since you played faster than instructed by the starter the tee for your second nine was not open for you to immediately tee off. You were asked to wait while those with tee times on #1 finished teeing off. It's very important to maintain the correct pace of play to insure everyone's enjoyment. Our greens are transitioning from winter to summer grass and although they won't appear very green for a few more weeks due to the recent extreme heat, they do roll true.


"Tough test on a great course"


zawitoski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of our favorite courses. Beautiful views, challenging holes, and very good conditions. We played in the heat of the afternoon and had a 3.5 hour round. Nice!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

Thank you for the 4-Star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your challenging round today. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.


Commented on 05/28/2019

Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your round at Old South. We hope to see you here again soon.


"A Nice Course in Hilton Head"


MiamiBuckeye1072's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Overall, I would recommend the course to anyone going down to Hilton Head. It is off the Island, so keep that in mind with Traffic. The greens on some holes were a bit burnt and had some rough spots but overall, the course itself was in decent shape - and played fair, which is all you can ask for!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/10/2019

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback! We are just off the Hilton Head Bridge so the cross island makes us easily accessible to anyone in town. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.


"Slow play is back"


geneduffy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

We were a group of 4. The starter rushed us off to the first tee 10 minutes ahead of our time. We played behind two groups of two and a group of three. We waited on almost every hole. On the 15th tee we saw the ranger. He did nothing to move things along.

After a long round we went in for a cold beer. We came out 20 minutes later to find one of our playing partners set of clubs missing.

Old South needs to monitor slow play and teach the cart guys some customer service.

We did get the clubs back 2.5 hours later. With an offer for a bucket of range balls. I probably won't be back for a while. Sad because we live 8 miles away.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We appreciate you pointing out any customer services issues at the course, we will definitely address this issue. Thank you for coming out and we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.


"Beautiful course but unfriendly management"


fishyracer24's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course but unfriendly management... The manager at the time I played was totally unfriendly to people using GolfNow and could care less about handicapped veterans ....He made me feel like a second-class citizen and I would never return to this course!!! I will advise all of my friends and associates to avoid this course at all cost!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Old South Golf Links. We hope to see you again in the future.


Commented on 05/28/2019

Our Manager was following procedures implemented by GolfNow. We regret this policy offended you but is a policy for everyone - veterans are not singled out. When you purchase the "hot deal" which is for a specific time and show up an hour early we cannot send you out early.



123456golf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/31/2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.


"Incredible deterioration of greens"


Gene9831929's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wow...We come down for four months every year...Old South was one of our favorites...hadn’t played there yet this year...Was amazed that the greens are in such bad shape...especially compared to so many other courses in Bluffton where the greens are in great shape right now.

A shame because the course was terrific last year and we played it multiple times...don’t think we’ll be back this year because there are so many other nice courses in the area for even less cost.

We’ll give it another go next year and see if the greens come back.

Sorry...don’t like to write this kind of review...but you asked.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We see that your experience wasn't the best. We are always interested in learning more about these situations so we can improve. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the club directly. We hope see you again in the future.


Commented on 05/28/2019

There are several greens with issues that are being addressed by our course superintendent. Unfortunately it is not a quick fix but everything possible is being done to bring those areas back to the kind of surface golfers expect.


"Greens need help but I love the Layout"


wncpreacher's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

As stated by previous reviewers the greens are not in good shape. I also noticed several divots on some of the tee boxes and some of the fairways were lacking grass in some areas. My wife and I loved the layout. My handicap is around 23 and I didn't have any problems with the force carryovers. The range area and practice putting green were very nice. The guy at the bag drop was very friendly and helpful. The wildlife at this course was incredible. We on;y saw one small alligator but we saw an Egret, Stork, Osprey, Squirrels,. and a big raccoon ran across the fairway as we were teeing off. We only played nine holes during twilight time and we never saw anyone in front of or behind us after the first hole We played another course in the area and we were offered free range balls because we booked through Golf Now but we were disappointed that we were not offered free range balls at Old South. A few tweaks here and there and this is a five star course but there are some areas that need improvement!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/31/2019

Let us first say that we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We work hard to create a seamless experience with so you can focus on enjoying yourself and let us do the rest. We also want to thank you for your honest and constructive criticism of the course. Your comments are presented in a way we can incorporate them into actual change. We are going to escalate your review to our team in charge and do everything we can to improve before your next game. Thank you for visiting and playing at Old South Golf Links. We hope to see you again soon!


Commented on 05/20/2019

We are glad you enjoyed your day at Old South and hope to see you again. The few areas on a couple of greens are being addressed this summer but it will take some time for new grass to take over those areas.


"Good times"


mtxgeorge's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was very friendly! Restaurant staff was extremely nice and food was great! Course was in good shape, greens a little slow. Lots of gators to take photos of. Always fun!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2019

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions and our excellent staff. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.


Commented on 05/20/2019

We strive to be the friendliest course in the area and yes...the food is great! We are glad you enjoyed your day at Old South Golf Links.


"One of our favourites when in HHI"


scolars's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We actually got to play here twice this visit. It is a great and fun track with some interesting holes. I played the white tees which suited my game.I would suggest this to anyone in the area. golf Now offers the best price. Full price in the morning is too steep for me.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/10/2019

Thank you for the great review, Please come back and see us again soon.


"Nice Low Country Track"


ztrm02's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Squeezed in an enjoyable 9 with my son in law in perfect weather. Course in decent shape overall. Several of the greens had some discolored/bare areas and were s-l-o-w -- but they rolled pretty true. This course plays different from every tee: choose wisely.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2019

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions, especially after the hot weather we have received. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.


Commented on 05/16/2019

Thanks for your 4-star review. Those areas on a couple of greens are being addressed over the summer by our maintenance department. We hope you get to play the back 9 too on a future round.


"Course great but spotty greens."


u3467469's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape, with the exception that quite a few greens had burned out/diseased spots.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2019

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions, especially with the extremely hot weather that we have received. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.


Commented on 05/14/2019

We appreciate hearing from you. We do have a few areas on the greens where the winter grass has receded and the summer Bermuda grass has not transitioned well. These are being addressed by our superintendent. We hope to see you at Old South again soon.


"Better than expected"


babakanush61's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played this course today after setting up a tee time on GolfNow. Was paired up with 3 nice guys 2 of which were mid handicappers like myself and a fourth who was very very good. Since we were the first tee time we were finished in 4 hours so the pace of play was fast. The conditions of the tee boxes and fairways were above average and although the greens were slow and on a few of them (2 or 3) were bare spots they were fine. The layout of the course was interesting and two of the doglegs were short par fours with unique landing areas. I would recommend this course if you are looking for a reasonably priced tract in the Bluffton/ Hilton Head area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2019

Thank you for the 5-Star review! We are so glad that your pace of play was up to par today! Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again Memorial Day Weekend!


Commented on 05/13/2019

We appreciate the 5 star rating and that you took the time to post your review. We hope you have an opportunity to play Old South again soon.



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